DC Entertainment opened Comic-Con International San Diego with a special event designed to promote their We Can Be Heroes campaign, unveiling the eighth and final car design in their superhero-inspired custom automotive series, built in partnership with Kia Motors America. Legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee was on hand to put the final artistic touches on the new Kia Sorento, sketching on the vehicle before a live audience.
Following the unveiling, DCE President Diane Nelson announced that the newly revealed "Justice League" car would be the centerpiece of a special online charity auction on eBay, which benefits the We Can Be Heroes campaign. Nelson announced that the 10-day charity auction was now live through July 27, 2013.
“Our goal in 2013 was to bring our fans and the 'Justice League' Super Heroes together in unique ways to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. That effort started with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities we’ve been able to offer through our crowdfunding campaigns that have raised over $285,000 to-date,” Nelson said. “Now, through these tremendous partnerships with Kia and eBay, the auction will take the offerings to a whole new level with a truly one-of-a-kind, and fully driveable, CUV customized by Jim Lee.”
The seven-seat Sorento marks the final chapter in a 10-month, eight-vehicle partnership between DC Entertainment and Kia based on the iconic characters that make up the Justice League – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg – each of which are featured on their own car designed by Lee. The final car captures the entire team, as drawn by Jim Lee, with world-famous West Coast Customs recreating Lee’s artwork through hand-painted, custom air-brushing.
“This project has been challenging and rewarding for me as an artist and Kia has been a terrific partner,” Lee said. “It was a lot of fun to finish the last car in front of the live audience and I think anyone that visits the exhibit this week will really enjoy seeing all eight cars together.”
The online charity auction also includes spectacular artwork from some of today’s top contemporary artists and inspired by DC Comics’ 'Justice League' characters. The centerpiece of this collection is Justice, a large-scale piece of original artwork by Jim Lee that features the profile of Batman in a color palette inspired by the hues of Africa – yellow, green, red and black.
“Auctioning the Justice League-inspired Sorento is the perfect way to finish off what has been a very positive and successful partnership between Kia and DC Entertainment to benefit the ‘We Can Be Heroes’ campaign,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, Kia Motors America. “Like all of the Justice League-inspired vehicles before it, this customized Sorento blends the automotive and pop-culture worlds while also allowing Kia to extend our philanthropic efforts to support this very worthy cause.”
"At eBay we strive to connect our audience with unique items they are passionate about" said Gene Cook, GM of Emerging Verticals for eBay. "We are thrilled to partner with DC Entertainment to bring this exciting Justice League event to our comic and super hero enthusiasts as well as leverage our Giving Works platform help the 'We Can Be Heroes' initiative reach their fundraising goals."
To date, the We Can Be Heroes giving campaign has raised over $2.3 million and helped over 5 million men, women and children in the Horn of Africa.
Convention attendees have the opportunity to view all eight cars in person at Comic-Con's Interactive Zone outside Petco Park.
Check out a gallery of all the designs by clicking the image below: